Festival Drayton Centre

Market Drayton, Shropshire
Festival Drayton Centre
Hughes and Abbott
Faithful and Gould
Intermediate Form of Contract (IFC) 84


  • Finalist 2011 ‘Best Community Building’ LABC Building Excellence Awards
  • Traditional Construction


J. Harper & Sons (Leominster) Ltd were appointed as principal contractor for the construction of a single storey extension and associated internal adaptions to the occupied building, forming a new changing toilet and backstage facilities, together with associated external works.

The project was tendered on a Plan and Spec basis with no contingency and small items of provisional works, and despite this it was completed slightly below tender value with the project team working in unison to generate savings where over-expenditure had occurred. The single storey extension was situated on a very small area of land adjacent to the public highway, and with the building remaining in constant use site co-ordination with the subcontractor, material and client user groups was paramount.

“We were very pleased to have J. Harper and Sons Ltd work with us in completing Phase III of our project. The linking of the extension to the existing facility was complex and a high standard was achieved in all areas.”
– Geoff Vernon Chair, Festival Drayton Centre

The project situated in North Shropshire was fairly traditional in its form of construction, being of concrete block and beam floor, traditional brick and block superstructure and trussed roof, with materials being procured to match the existing Festival Drayton Centre being installed to a high level of quality. Funding was generated locally with a high level of interest demonstrated by the local community groups throughout the project.

The project demonstrates the ability to construct community buildings, including general adaptations and refurbishment, with external works being carried out on occupied buildings with a high level of management sympathy to the existing users.